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that killed at least 14 people, including three nato service members. a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle rammed into a patrol. americans have a large presence there. nato is trying to sort out a weekend attack in afghanistan that left two americans dead. the casualties push the number of u.s. personnel killed in afghanistan to 2,000. the circumstances of saturday's violence remains unclear but a fire fight broke out at a checkpoint in eastern afghanistan. what nato hasn't determined so far was the gun battle a result of an insider attack or a deadly misunderstanding. >> reporter: this weekend marked the deadly milestone in afghanistan. 2,000 american soldiers killed since the war began nearly 11 years ago. it happened at a checkpoint in the eastern part of the country. one american soldier, an american contractor and three afghan soldiers were killed in a fire fight. >> the circumstances were somewhat confused but there was a report of insurgent firing taking place which we believe may have been a factor. >> reporter: nato did not say whether this was another in a serious of insider atta
? >> tracie, thank you. >>> nato forces in afghanistan say three international service members and their translator were killed in a suicide bombing in the eastern part of the country this morning. the attack comes on a grim milestone of the war in afghanistan on sunday with the death of the 2000th u.s. service member. relations between international forces and their afghan partners have been pushed to the breaking point by a surge of insider attacks by afghan allies. >>> on this first monday in october the u.s. supreme court begins its new term today. the justices are expected to consider a number of controversial issues. nbc's francis coe has more. >> reporter: one case the court will hear involves the practice of considering race for college admissions. abigail fisher sued after she was rejected by the university of texas at austin. >> there were people in my class with lower grades who weren't in the activities i was in who were being accepted. the only other difference between us was the color of our skin. >> reporter: defenders of the practice say students are better prep
. the president is staying in colorado for a rally there. veronica? >> thank you. >>> nato forces in afghanistan say three international service members and their translator were killed in a suicide bombing in the eastern part of the country this morning. this as the war in afghanistan reached a grim milestone sunday with a death of the 2,000th u.s. service member. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel has the details. >> reporter: there has been another insider attack, the so called green on blue attack, when afghan troops attack and kill their american partners. so far, this year, these kind of attacks have led to at least 20% of american combat deaths in afghanistan. a group of american soldiers were manning a check point, a vehicle control point, when they were approached by two afghan troops. the afghan soldiers walked up to the americans, they exchanged a few words with them. it's not exactly sure what was said between the american soldiers and the afghan soldiers. but then one of the afghan soldiers pulled out a weapon, opened fire, killed an american soldier, killed an american
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